From Clayton Christensen:
Another important theory is about what motivates people. Many think of management as cutting deals and laying people off and hiring people and buying and selling companies. That’s not management, that’s dealmaking. Management is the opportunity to help people become better people. Practiced that way, it’s a magnificent profession.
Simply put, but certainly not the norm in many companies these days. I recommend the whole article to get Christensen's view on why every company today seems to be acting like a cash accumulation machine instead of an innovator. (Hint: it's about the measurement systems.)
From Wired magazine, Jeff Howe, Clayton Christensen Wants to Transform Capitalism. February 12, 2013.